Australia

Savage response after AFL disrespect

Patrick Dangerfield let his football do the talking as he responded from an early moment of disrespect to take the Brisbane Lions to school on Thursday night.

Dangerfield was the spark as the Cats broke records with their blinding third quarter barrage to come from behind and blow the Lions out of the water.

Having trailed by 21 points in the second quarter, the Cats booted nine straight goals to leave the Lions shell-shocked before the siren sounded on the Cats’ emphatic 27-point win.

Dangerfield was the clear best-on-ground — and the Geelong champion was given further fuel to deliver when Lions’ No. 1 draft pick Cam Rayner gave him a serve in the first half.

Rayner’s gobful directed at Dangerfield came at a time when the Lions appeared to be in the zone and their body language showed a team full of swagger.

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First it was Charlie Cameron dropping the ball on the face of Cats’ defender Jack Henry after they wrestled with the ball over the sideline.

Then it was rising star Rayner slotting his second goal of the half and turning to Dangerfield and letting him know all about it.

Swans great Jude Bolton told Channel 7 that Rayner’s strutting goal celebration where he pointed at Dangerfield left Cats players more than a little annoyed.

“Geelong players weren’t happy with that little treatment,” he said. “Just giving Danger a little message there.”

Rayner’s message to Dangerfield came after the Cats star tried to put him off during his set-shot execution by turning away from the goalkicker and waving his arms towards the sideline.

When midfield star Lachie Neale dribbled through a spectacular goal from deep in the pocket while running near the boundary the Lions appeared to be walking over the Cats.

But Geelong’s seasoned veterans responded with brutal class as they went on to kick the next nine goals and give the Lions a wake up call less than a week after they emerged as the new flag favourites.

When Gary Ablett booted his second early in the third term the Cats snatched the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.

Having trailed by 21 points in the second quarter, the Cats kicked nine unanswered goals in a third quarter rampage to take a 34-point lead into the final quarter.

It was the just the second goalless quarter the Lions have suffered for the entire 2020 season.

Geelong’s 45-point third quarter (7.3) was also the highest scoring quarter by any team this season.

Essendon great Jobe Watson told Channel 7 during the second half that the Cats’ brutal response started with Dangerfield.

“It’s been a rout out of the middle,” Watson said.

“13-5 in the clearances as we said. 15-5 inside fifties and the domination has started with the leaders of the Geelong Football Club — Dangerfield and Selwood. They’ve been extraordinary in this third quarter.

“It was certainly led by the toughness of Dangerfield and Selwood around the ball. And he started it, Danger, when the momentum was against them completely in the second quarter and they were able to generate the goals when it looked like they were being completely out played.”

Dangerfield put on a clinic in the third quarter, recording nine disposals, including five contested possessions and four clearances.

He finished with 26 touches and a game-high eight clearances.

It was only when Eric Hipwood kicked his first goal with 12 minutes left in the match that the Lions snapped the Cats’ goal-scoring frenzy.

The Cats earlier were rocked by injuries to Quinton Narkle and Mitch Duncan. Both players were ruled out before quarter time with hamstring injuries.

Gary Rohan was also reported for rough conduct early in the match.

The Lions had their own early injury worries with Hugh McCluggage forced from the field with a shoulder injury.

Mitch Robinson also appeared to suffer a serious injury in the third quarter when he was forced from the field after taking contact as he walked backwards into a marking contest in the goal square.

He was later spotted sitting on the bench with ice wrapped around his quad muscle.

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